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South West England & Channel Islands

Why study English in South West England?

The South West of England is famous for its green lands, elegant cities, myths and mysteries. English magazine Country Life ran a national survey to decide which English county most English people would choose to live in. Top of the list was Devon, which you'll find in South West England. The region's cities include Bristol and Bath, which are near to Wales. Then there is Exeter and Plymouth, which are further south.


City life

The South West may be more well-known for its greenery and outdoor life, but it has moved with the times too.

In Exeter and Bath you'll find some of the best shopping outside London. Bristol is an important creative business centre. There are artistic communities in St Ives, Totnes and Dartington, and Newquay is undoubtedly the UK capital of surfing.


There's a timeless, mesmerising fascination about the South West of England. Not surprisingly, many writers have used the region in which to base their stories.

At the heart of Devon is Dartmoor - a vast and unspoilt open space, and one of the first areas in Britain to be designated a National Park. The English Riviera in the south has 22 miles of coastline with 20 beaches and coves, and the South West Coastal footpath is a fantastic way of enjoying the dramatic scenery and unique wildlife. Inland, visitor attractions like Stonehenge, Bath's Roman baths and Cornwall's Eden Project also shouldn't be missed.  

The South West has a number of food and drink specialities that are worth looking out for. As well as the seafood, there are Cornish pasties, cream teas (scones, jam and clotted cream) and Scrumpy cider.


Some parts of the region enjoy more sunshine hours than anywhere else in the British Isles. Torquay, Paignton and Brixham enjoy long drawn out summers with milder winters than in the rest of Britain.

The South West is great for outdoor sports. It's safe. It's green. And, the schools are some of the best in the country.

  • Torquay International School

    Torquay International School

    A lovely school in a beautiful building surrounded by gardens and a volley-ball court and situated in the town centre of Torquay, the heart of the English Riviera
  • Globe English Centre

    Globe English Centre

    The Globe is a family run school founded in 1978 by the present Director who is now assisted by her son
  • OISE Bristol

    OISE Bristol

    OISE Bristol is conveniently located just a few minutes walk from the waterfront and the main city centre shops.
  • English Country Schools

    English Country Schools

    English Country Schools is a well-established summer school organisation for children and teenagers.
  • Anglo-Continental School of English

    Anglo-Continental School of English

    Anglo-Continental is one of the world's leading English language teaching organisations since 1950. It is accredited by the British Council and a member of the professional body, English UK.
  • Kings Bournemouth

    Kings Bournemouth

    With more than 50 years' experience, an ideal location and excellent facilities, Kings Bournemouth has an impressive variety of courses for international students
  • International Projects Centre

    International Projects Centre

    Specialising in teacher training courses, language projects for school groups, and an international junior summer school,
  • Southbourne School of English

    Southbourne School of English

    Founded in 1966 , Southbourne School of English is a privately run family business, having just undergone a complete refurbishment
  • Exeter Academy

    Exeter Academy

    A small, friendly school with 'family atmosphere' for students over 18 years. General and individual courses since 1978 including CAE, FCE and IELTS.
  • BEET Language Centre

    BEET Language Centre

    BEET is a family-run independent school, which aims to achieve the highest standards in an atmosphere of warmth and friendliness.
  • Twin Summer Centres

    Twin Summer Centres

    Twin's Summer Centres provide a fantastic opportunity for young learhers to experience an educational holiday of a lifetime in the UK
  • Language in Totnes Ltd

    Language in Totnes Ltd

    Totnes is an undiscovered jewel in the beautiful countryside of the South Hams in Devon, SW England.
  • Sidmouth International School

    Sidmouth International School

    Established in 1976, SIS is the only language school in this small, safe and friendly town on the beautiful Devon coast.
  • Bishopstrow College

    Bishopstrow College

    Bishopstrow College is a unique fully residential, year round college established to provide highly specific Academic English courses for international young learners
  • Bath Academy Ltd

    Bath Academy Ltd

    Bath Academy is a small, friendly school with an excellent reputation for our relaxed learning environment & professional teaching quality.
  • Kaplan Colleges, Salisbury

    Kaplan Colleges, Salisbury

    SALISBURY is a cathedral city famous for the nearby ancient site of Stonehenge. The main school is an attractive villa with about 11 classrooms
  • ETC International College

    ETC International College

    ETC International College is located very close to the town centre, the beach and the new town library.
  • The English Language Bristol

    The English Language Bristol

    Founded in 1969, the English Language Centre Bristol is a family-run school offering quality intensive courses for adult individuals in Bristol, a lively university city 100 miles west of London.
  • ELAC Study Vacations

    ELAC Study Vacations

    Elac Study Programmes offer young people from all over the world a course combining classroom tuition with cultural excursions
  • English in Exeter

    English in Exeter

    Small city centre school close to all amenities including shops and cafes. About eight classrooms, student room, computer room and wifi available.
  • International Quest Ltd

    International Quest Ltd

    International Quest has established a reputation as one of the leading providers of high quality English language summer programmes for groups of students aged 11-17.
  • International House Bristol

    International House Bristol

    IH Bristol operates year-round on two sites. Both are in Clifton, Bristol. Both of them have a Reception area, a students' room, a garden, about 9 fully-equipped classrooms, well-resourced teachers' rooms and snack machine facilities.
  • Eurocentres Bournemouth

    Eurocentres Bournemouth

    The Victorian school buildings are surrounded by beautiful private gardens. You are only a ten-minute walk away from the sea and the centre of the seaside resort.
  • Capital School of English

    Capital School of English

    Capital School of English is an independent family run year round language school located in Bournemouth on the South Coast of England.
  • Kaplan International Colleges

    Kaplan International Colleges

    The school is situated right in the heart of the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath, just a few minutes' walk from the world-famous Roman Baths.
  • The Bristol Language Centre

    The Bristol Language Centre

    The Bristol Language Centre is a dynamic, independent school based in the heart of the vibrant city of Bristol.
  • Christian English Centre

    Christian English Centre

    Established in 1977, CELC is a small, friendly school with a strong Christian foundation and a caring family atmosphere.
  • Westbourne Academy

    Westbourne Academy

    Westbourne Academy is situated in an enviable position, just 500 metres from the varied and interesting shopping centre of Westbourne.
  • MLS International College

    MLS International College

    MLS is located in the centre of Bournemouth, on the South Coast of England. The College is surrounded by the main shops, cafes, bars and restaurants
  • Lines Languages Ltd

    Lines Languages Ltd

    The English courses run by LINES, at Downe House and Queenswood aim to be the ultimate intensive language courses for teenagers
  • ISCA School of English

    ISCA School of English

    Founded in 1966, the Isca School of English stands in quiet gardens, 10 minutes on foot from Exeter city centre.
  • St Brelade's College

    St Brelade's College

    St Brelade's College was established in 1978 and is the only British Council accredited language school in the Channel Islands - a collection of small British islands just off the coast of France.
  • inlingua Manchester

    inlingua Manchester

    inlingua Manchester provides quality general English, exam preparation and Business English courses for adults all year round.
  • Weymouth English Centre

    Weymouth English Centre

    Weymouth English Centre is a small and friendly summer school in Weymouth, on the south-west coast of England.
  • Riviera English School

    Riviera English School

    We are based in the centre of Torquay, overlooking the harbour and open sea. The beaches, cafes, fast food restaurants and sports facilities are all very nearby.
  • St Giles International

    St Giles International

    Our junior summer camps offer learners aged 8-18 from all over the world the opportunity to improve their English language skills whilst enjoying a varied and exciting activity programme.
  • Mountlands Language School

    Mountlands Language School

    We are a small school built on personal recommendation, and many of our students return year after year. Good value courses with small class sizes guarantee results and effective learning.
  • City of Bath College

    City of Bath College

    City of Bath College has been established for more than 100 years and is located in the World Heritage City of Bath.
  • Living Learning English

    Living Learning English

    Living Learning English offers high quality, professional, total-immersion English courses in the teacher's home.
  • SNT International College

    SNT International College

    SNT International College is a modern well established school teaching English Language courses since 2002. SNT has been accredited by the British Council since 2005.
  • Anglo European School

    Anglo European School

    The Anglo European School of English was founded in 1971. It occupies its own attractive premises close to the centre of Bournemouth,
  • Mayflower College

    Mayflower College

    Mayflower College of English is Located just a few metres from the seafront in the historic city of Plymouth.
  • Kaplan International Colleges

    Kaplan International Colleges

    The adult school is situated five minutes' walk from the town centre, shops and restaurants. The schools has comfortably furnished, air-conditioned classrooms.
  • Filton College Bristol

    Filton College Bristol

    Filton College has many years’ experience teaching EFL to different nationalities. Teachers are qualified, friendly and helpful and will prepare you for the all important Cambridge exams
  • Accent International

    Accent International

    Accent's UK base is Bicton College, the 18th century former home of Lord Clinton giving a Management Training environment.
  • LAL Torbay

    LAL Torbay

    LAL Torbay is on the English Riviera in Devon, an exciting and safe destination with a spectacular coastline.
  • Totnes European School

    Totnes European School

    Totnes European School is a family-run English language school and has been catering for individual student's needs for about 15 years.
  • Meridian School of English

    Meridian School of English

    Our school is situated within the cultural and academic centre of Plymouth, a town that that hosts more than 25, 000 students resident at any given time.
  • International College Sherborne

    International College Sherborne

    The International College has gained an unrivalled reputation for providing the best start to British Independent School Education for children from overseas.
  • Languages United Ltd

    Languages United Ltd

    Vibrant, inspiring and stunningly beautiful, you couldn't pick a better place to study English than Bath. You’ll find so much to do and see here.
  • Scanbrit School of English

    Scanbrit School of English

    Scanbrit School is situated in Southbourne, a pleasant residential suburb of Bournemouth. The school buildings are near to the beach.
  • Etherton Education

    Etherton Education

    We founded Etherton Education in 2002 because we know how difficult it is for overseas students when they first come to Britain.
  • City of Bristol College

    City of Bristol College

    City of Bristol college is one of the UK’s largest colleges and one of the region's leading education providers.
  • Cavendish School of English

    Cavendish School of English

    Cavendish School of English is a family-run business with 6 family members actively involved in the day-to-day running of the school.
  • Suzanne Sparrow Plymouth

    Suzanne Sparrow Plymouth

    Founded in 1978 by Suzanne Sparrow, the school was established to provide a friendly, family environment in which students could feel at ease to improve their English language skills.
  • Millfield School

    Millfield School

    Millfield is a top English public school and the Millfield English Language Holiday Courses are well established.
  • Eagle International School

    Eagle International School

    With 38 years experience, this small privately owned family school, has been offering Easter/Summer Language and Activity Programmes for Juniors in the 12-17 age range.
  • Bournemouth Business School

    Bournemouth Business School

    Founded in 1992, BBSI provides high-quality, practical academic, professional training to international students.
  • Devon School of English

    Devon School of English

    Devon School of English Ltd is a medium sized, family-run school in Paignton. Paignton is a seaside town situated in the beautiful county of Devon.


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Last Updated: 30 November 2009
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